9/20: Are HOT lanes a good idea for Georgia?

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Tolls are coming to I-85 on Oct. 1. They’re also planned for I-75. But these will be different from Ga. 400’s one fee for every vehicle. These are the so-called HOT lanes — high-occupancy toll lanes.

The cost will vary according to demand for any car or truck carrying fewer than three people. The more congestion, the more you pay. And solo riders can participate, for a price.

Benita M. Dodd, vice president at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, writes that moving toward tolling more roads in state is inevitable and logical.

Brian Gist, an attorney in the Atlanta office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, does not think they are a good idea and writes that the goal should be better transportation for all, not just for select few.

Read what they have to say and give us your take on the HOT lanes.

162 comments Add your comment


September 23rd, 2011
11:01 am

Lexus lanes for the rich. Great idea Gena Evans. Glab were paying for your obnoxious 200k salary to run a toll booth.

Sure is working well when 2 drivers are carpooling, but will now take separate cars because they can no longer ride in the carpool lane, a lane which takpayers have already payed for.

Georgia Pete

September 23rd, 2011
10:53 am

Are they kidding? They just figured out that the new toll lanes will increase traffic in the other lanes? And they really want us to believe that the increase in traffic in the non toll lanes will not be noticed? This is just government arrogance at its worst. This is nothing but greed gone wild, and it is a horrible idea. The tolls will be too expensive for most people to use at the times they are most needed. And mass transit buses get on for free as well three passenger cars. but there is the problem with three passenger cars: the passengers can be children and other unlicensed passengers. All passengers should be required to be licensed to drive…because they are being driven any way. The only way to reduce traffic in the non toll lanes is to take THOSE WHO ARE LICENSED TO DRIVE off the road, otherwise the provision has no teeth.
Regardless, this HOT lane cr*p is misguided, misplaced, anti-traffic control, and anti-consumer.


September 23rd, 2011
10:49 am

I’m thrilled. I have the money to use it and plan to. If you make enough to use it, your time is more valuable to our economy than the folks who “can’t” use it. Finally something to benefit job creators.


September 23rd, 2011
10:48 am

Fried Okra

September 23rd, 2011
10:47 am

I hope every single State official affiliated with this HOT Lane project, to say nothing of championing it, finds themselves an Express Lane straight to federal prison.


September 23rd, 2011
10:37 am

I will stand out in the minority and applaud the HOT lanes. The number of people driving in the lanes every single day will not be great due to the cost incurred. But for people who occasionally could use a faster trip the lanes are a great option.

When roads are built there is no contract signed saying that lanes can’t change, that lanes can’t be added, that lanes can’t be removed. In fact, roads are NEVER paid for. There are constant expenses for maintenance. To act like the lanes are being seized is ridiculous. There have always been restrictions on the lane that will now be used as an HOT lane. The restrictions have changed, and I applaud the fact that everyone now has an option for the occasional quick commute. We don’t have the money to widen all of the roads. And the benefits of doing so are highly questionable. It is time to offer creative choices.


September 23rd, 2011
10:35 am

You have the ability to influence badly planned, politically motivated and poorly implemented “transportation initiatives”. Its called your right to vote. Vote NO on the one-cent TSPLOST when it comes up on the ballot. Also, don’t be afraid to write the governor and your other elected officials. Tell them NO, as well.

Fried Okra

September 23rd, 2011
10:34 am

Road Scholar @ 10:20 am = Insecure, Undereducated, Hyper-Emotional Person Who Must Belittle & Insult Others Having Opposing Views in Order to Feel Worthy


September 23rd, 2011
10:34 am

The hot lanes are just a scheme to make money!!! What a joke.

Double Zero Eight

September 23rd, 2011
10:33 am

My 10:23 prior post should have read “Let’s make sure”.